Woodspring Wings COVID 19 Restrictions reviewed 25 June 2020

The Committee met on-line and reviewed each of the restrictions introduced for 25th June.

Firstly, the Committee wishes to thank all members who have been able to visit the field and fly for following these restrictions in order to minimise the risk to them or others of catching the virus. We have reviewed the latest BMFA guidance and wish to emphasise, again, the nature of that advice which is to allow attendance at the field in order to fly and not to socialise and that you should leave once you have flown.

Having listened to members and having received reports from those going to the field the Committee agreed to relax two restrictions:

  1. Now that we have started up again and avoided any sudden increase in background noise to our neighbours, IC powered models are allowed as usual.
  2. Up to two people can fly at anytime by occupying both pilot boxes on either side of the taxiway in use. Please take care to ensure 2m distancing when approaching the pilot boxes.
  3. The maximum number of active pilots is increased from 8 to 10.

Thus, the COVID 19 restrictions apply as follows:

  1. If you attend the field, you must follow government instruction and allow at least 2m between you and other people.
  2. The maximum number of members active on the field is 10 at any time.  If you arrive and there are already 10 in attendance you must wait in your vehicle.  Those already active must watch out for new arrivals and move on so as to give others a turn. 
  3. When you park do so in a way which enables you to maintain social distancing from others loading and unloading.
  4. There will be a limited number of spaced benches available for use and you must centre your activities around the pits area and keep away from the hut and gazebo area so as to maintain a safe distance from others.
  5. You should at least have available hand gel but may wish to also include gloves and masks.  The choice is yours, but you must provide your own.
  6. The Club hut will be unlocked to enable access to the defibrillator, but because of its confined space, you must not use it otherwise.*
  7. To ensure safe distancing the charging station will not be available for use.   You may wish to consider bringing enough charged batteries with you or charging from your vehicle.
  8. There will be no training until further notice and no guests are allowed at the field.
  9. The extending bridge will be left half extended so that a single person can wind it the rest of the way in order to retrieve models that have landed out. When you have finished return the bridge to that half-extended position.  You must be watched over by at least one other club member to ensure your safe return to the Club side.
  10. The toilet may be used but you are advised to limit its use and use hand gel afterwards.
  11. All other Club rules apply as usual.

*If you are the last person to leave please ensure that the hut is locked and the gate is locked behind you

The Club Committee has agreed to meet (on-line) on a weekly basis to review these rules. Thus, in time, we can move towards something closer to normal operations.

Members will be informed of any changes by the website, email and alerted via the Facebook page.  Please check both before travelling to the field.

And finally; meeting other people at this present time carries a risk of spreading infection.  Only individual members can decide whether or not that risk to them or to others is acceptable.  Only they know of personal circumstances and those of their household.  If you are in any doubt you must not go to the field.  Club officers and Committee members cannot and will not advise you as they cannot quantify your risks.  Members attend the field entirely at their own risk.

For those that can – happy flying!

Colin Staff


25 June 2020